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post #1 of 15 Old 12-14-2006, 09:33 AM
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Pre-purchase questions:bags and fumes

Hello all, just joined and happy to be hear. I'm a long time rider of all kinds of stuff, found a couple of good 919's I'm interested in. Questions:
1) I'm assuming people have solved the saddlebag problem (no place to cinc them down), either with soft or hard-mount bags. Just reassure me on that, and if you have a good solution sure, include it as well.

2) I read that some riders find they're breathing the bike exhaust; that would TOTALLY take the fun out of it for me. Is that a function of the speed you're going, or what? And is there a fix if it's a real problem, other than moving the pipes????

Thanks, Larry K. Tallahassee

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post #2 of 15 Old 12-14-2006, 09:34 AM
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ps, i can spell, really, and 'hear' is a word ya know!

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Sorry dont know anything about your post. Welcome though.

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Hi Larry and welcome to the forum!

I picked up an '06 919 in August of this year. I haven't tried to get saddle bags for it, but find that a tank bag and a Cortech Sport Tail Bag will hold everything I need and are more versatile.

As for the fumes, the bike runs rich by nature but this can be dealt with with a PCIII and exhaust mods if needed. It doesn't bother me at all. Manly cologne as far as I'm concerned - but it's really not *that* noticeable.

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The issue is overblown I'd say. Ride any bike for an hour and then sniff your jeans and it will have some funk.

On the first tank of gas I was kinda stinky but after that it went away. You certinly won't smell it as you ride. I have an 06 too.

In 2004 they got a new map. I think the problem was much worse on the older models.

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thanks folks. So you're saying this fumes thing is mainly about noticing it on your clothes? I notice that a lot with various bikes, though not every ride certainly. I'm concerned about getting spaced out breathing CO and all that stuff, or being distracted being aware I'm breathing not-air. If it's only confined to my jeans or jacket smelling like they've been riding, been there done that, none the worse for wear that I can tell.

How much is cost of the FI III mod if it's too rich, kncluding install??

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Givi makes a rack that will hold both a top case and hard cases on the side. I've seen some other people use a heat shield and soft saddlebags.

I have never smelled exhaust while riding. The smell is more noticeable to me in my clothes, most noticeably my mesh jacket. I ride it to work every day, though, and haven't had any complaints from my workmates.


You can find a PCIII for around 300, less if you shop around. Install is very simple, something you do on your own. Check out their site.

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1)Tank-bag and backpack
2)fumes only noted on clothing

I replaced my exhaust with a 900rr system. No more smell, except on my passenger (on the rare occasion when I have a passenger

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In 2004 they got a new map. I think the problem was much worse on the older models.

Where are you getting your info?!? Don't want to be throwing out erroneous information now do we.




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well my 04 stinks up my backpack and jacket to the point if my riding gear is left in an enclosed environment like a laundry room the stink will overpower you when you walk in. I only smell the bike while setting at stop lights, flapper mod done doesn't change smell either. I've rode other bikes with and without under tail exhausts and they didn't make this type of perfume, seems like some are immune to it and some people are not.

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Hey Steve, I can't find anywhere that lists an EFI map change for the 04 model. Where'd you dig that nugget up? Cycle World and Motorcyclist are oblivious to such a change, and even Honda's own site doesn't list it with the changes made to the 04 model.

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On the first tank of gas I was kinda stinky but after that it went away. You certinly won't smell it as you ride. I have an 06 too.
Of course this is a fact if you never shower. The smell will naturally become overwhelmed by your own personal body stank.

This subject has been beaten to death.....some have it some don't. I do but I don't let it bother me. If it bothers you try one of the million problem solving solutions posted throughout time. 900rr exhaust, PCIII, after market pipes, exhaust extensions, 18 wheeler pipes, a can of Febreeze taped to your butt that can be remotely triggered at stop lights.

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I use Ventura luggage. Easy on/off. 5 minutes is all it takes and your back to stock, or you're set for two weeks of travel. Sport kit available also for around town stuff.

As far as the stink the timing on this is weird. I've had it every since I purchased the bike ('02). I took the day off today since the weather was nice for Kentucky this time of year. Did 368 miles today. Before I started I dropped the idle on the bike. It seemed to have crept up lately to 1400 per the tach. Dropped it to 1200 where I remember it when new. Throttle control was a little better, but I did notice the stink was gone. May just be because it's colder outside.

I know, never set idle per the tach. Whatever.

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I have Givi Voyager soft bags, no problems getting them tied down and no melting problems with stock exhaust. I've never noticed the smell.

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i have a niner the stink only is an issue for my passenger. I havent personally noticed it. As far as saddlebags, i have those too, they anchor to each other and when pulled snug dont move at all. Works fine, clearly they are of the soft variety. Rapid Transit i believe.

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